All very exciting to see an article in NZ Property Investor about furnishing rentals that I was asked to provide commentary for. You have heard me say this on many occasions about houses for sale and Amy Hamilton Chadwick the author of the article hits the nail on the head - An empty property is so uninspiring - it's hard to imagine yourself living in a bland box. The right furnishings help us envision ourselves living in a space and can make a room look larger and more inviting. Furnishing a rental property can have a similar impact, making it more appealing to tenants and easier to rent.
"Furnishing a rental is really a compromise between trying to achieve a nice look and spending the least amount possible". It's all about what the investor wants to spend. This really is the key for investors and the trick to a great furnished apartment at a cost effective price is to mix and match, spending more on items that get the most wear and tear i.e. sofas. Shop around, wait for sales and spend less on items like bedside tables, lamps etc that aren't high use furnishings.
We're delighted that 2016 has started with a bang.
Towards the end of 2015, we weren't feeling overly enthused with how the market was looking but what a difference a couple of months can make!
Almost all of our staging furniture is out there helping potential buyers imagine themselves in their new home, and we're still fielding phone calls.
Today, we received a call from someone about Apartment Furnishing, which as you know, is another hat we wear on occasion. This call was a bit different to the others... we weren't just discussing one or two investment properties, the numbers being thrown at us were potentially in the hundreds!
Now, we're not counting our chickens - we've learnt that lesson the hard way - but we were thrilled to be even on their list of people to speak with. We're essentially a one-woman-machine but we produce some great results, and that's why we got the call.
It goes to show that by being genuine, reliable and efficient, you can find yourself being invited to play in the big leagues.
We'll keep you posted on this one.
Until next time..
For those of you who know us, or have worked with us in the past, you know that we're not ones to gush about our own work, however these past three weeks have most definitely earned us a big pat on the back.
In our previous post 'Eight Years Young', we hinted at something big we were working on for Apartment Furnishing. Well, we have officially completed the furnishing of six (yes, six) central city apartments; five in Anzac Avenue and one on Kingston Street. Needless to say, this was a mammoth task and pushed ourselves to the limits but it's done and we're delighted with the results.
The old adage, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is most certainly true in this instance. We have proven ourselves to be stronger (both physically and mentally), more adaptable, more capable and more creative than we knew.
Please take the time to visit our Apartment Gallery page to see our latest work.
Until next time...